Dmitry Strotsev and Igor Kotjuh

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Venue: Estonian Writers’ Union (see on map)
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  • Conversation with writer
Original language: Russian
Translated to: Estonian
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Dmitri Strotsev

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Dmitri Strotsev (1963) is a Belarusian poet, literary scholar and publisher. Writing in Russian, he has repeatedly explored the social issues of Belarus. The poetry cycle published about the protests that followed the presidential elections in August 2020 strongly resonated in Belarus and beyond; the work, dubbed “a poetic reportage” by the author, has been translated into 15 languages. Strotsev has attracted all kinds of attention. In October 2020, the Belarusian KGB arrested him and he was kept in captivity for 13 days. However, after his release, he continued writing the cycle, and it has won several awards. Last year, Strotsev won the Václav Havel Library Foundation prize Disturbing the Peace awarded to authors who defy social threats. The same year, the Swedish PEN recognised him with the Tucholsky Prize. His mental tenacity is evident in the fact that he continues to work in Belarus because he says one can only bear witness to events by being at the centre of events. Dmitri Strotsev will talk to poet, translator and literary scholar Igor Kotjuh.

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